BLEACH IN SOIL - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, Fl
Question by kaygfox
January 8, 2011
HELLO, I ACCIDENTALLY DELETED THE ANSWER TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTION. WOULD YOU PLEASE RESPOND AGAIN.

WE LIVE IN JACKSONVILLE, FL AND MY WIFE SOAKED OUR VEGETABLE GARDEN SOIL WITH A 10% BLEACH SOLUTION . WILL THIS HURT THE SOIL.

WE PLAN TO START PLANTING IN 30 DAYS. WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDATION.

ALSO, THIS HD SERVICE IS GREAT!!!

THANKS...


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Answer from NGA
January 8, 2011

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Glad you like the service! Sorry you deleted the answer - here it is again:
"I wouldn't recommend using bleach in a garden bed but since you already have, you shouldn't be too alarmed. The bleach will leach out and/or decompose by the time you're ready to plant your veggies. The major problem with bleach is that it can kill micro-organisms, both the good guys and the bad guys. Healthy soil is teaming with good-guy type micro-organisms so the bleach application has probably compromised their health. A quick fix is to amend the soil with compost prior to planting your veggies. Compost is full of healthy micro-organisms, which should restore the balance in your veggie garden."

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